Spelling is a mere convention which school systems use to bludgeon us into compliance. The spelling bee is a tribal rite, and unfair, at that, since American English is spelled differently than British English, which is spelled differently than Canadian or Australian English. Moreover, even within these subgroups there is dissensus; you may have noticed […]
Archives for March 19, 2012
Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! plays a welcome trick on you. While enjoying a lighthearted situational comedy of stock family shenanigans, set in a time and place out of extant memory and bathed in wistful nostalgia—you’re delivered to a threshold, an ingress into the profound inner works of weighty things: the soul of America, the stages […]
Cherry blossoms and the perfumed air of a new spring pale in comparison to the enchantments awaiting indoors at CenterStage, home of a beautiful and liltingly fiendish production of the Sondheim-Lapine musical Into the Woods, a transplant from the Westport Country Playhouse directed by Mark Lamos, who expertly balances the melodic and the mischievous.
As a great “temple” to American history, Ford’s Theatre is a perfect venue for 1776, a revival of Sherman Edwards’ and Peter Stone’s musical about the Second Continental Congress and the writing and signing of the Declaration of Independence. Director Peter Flynn has grouped the hallowed fathers on Tony Cisek’s step-leveled set, composing them in […]